Welcome to the Bull Pen, where each week we round up good news, including links to new poems, essays, and stories from the literary citizens of the larger Bull City!  —Noah Stetzer

Huge congratulations to Inch #17 – Spring 2012 contributor, Rochelle Hurt on winning the 2015 Barrow Street Book poetry book prize chosen by contest judge, Richard Blanco. Hurt’s collection In Which I Play the Run Away will be published in fall 2016.

Another & Another contributor, Khadijah Queen’s new play “Non-Sequitur,” winner of the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers, is reviewed at Weird Sister.

Screenshot 2015-12-24 02.42.57Ellen McGrath Smith, regular participant in the Daily Grind Series, has her first full-length book Nobody’s Jackknife (West End Press via the University of Mexico Press Distribution) reviewed in the Pittsburgh City Paper.

This Buzzfeed year-end roundup of writers includes Laura Van Den Berg (There Will Be No More Good Nights without Good Nights), Ricky Laurentiis, Colin Barret, Robin Coste Lewis among the exciting new voices in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in 2015.

Check out these highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love in this year-end article at The Atlantic.

Our good friend, Margaree Little reviews ]EXCLOSURES[ (Ahsahta Press) by Emily Abendroth at The Kenyon Review’s KRONLINE.

Screenshot 2015-12-22 05.06.23Latest issue of NER has hit the stands. It includes a line up of first time contributors: J. Camp Brown, Lauren Camp, Edgar Kunz, Lisa Lewis, Tod Marshall, Owen McLeod, Hai-Dang Phan, Sasha Pimentel, Diane Seuss, Brenda Shaughnessy.


Inch is a quarterly magazine devoted to the most compressed literary work, whether it’s poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. We believe that good things come in small packages, so we focus our eight pages on poems of one to nine lines, or prose of 750 words or fewer.

Inch #29 – Summer 2015 Elton Glaser, Forrest Hamer, Susan Hutton, Pramila Venkateswaran, Ann Volin, Gary J. Whitehead

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DEC 31: Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers. $1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Details.

JOB: 826DC seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization through the next exciting phase of growth in supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Screenshot 2015-12-23 05.47.36JAN 5: Deadline extended to apply for the Kundiman Retreat. In order to help mentor the next generation of Asian American writers, Kundiman sponsors an annual Retreat in partnership with Fordham University. GO HERE.

From The Indianola Review: The (Quadrennial) Leap Day Flash Fiction Prize w/ Guest Judge David James Puissant! SUBMIT HERE.

SAN ANTONIO: The City’s Taking Nominations for San Antonio’s Next Poet Laureate!   GO HERE.

The Norton Girault Literary Prize: Old Dominion University’s MFA Creative Writing Program and Barely South Review are pleased to announce the 2016 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Fiction! Submit one previously unpublished short story of no more than 5,000 words via our Submittable portal on or before April 15th, 2016.

LATINO ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM IN PITTSBURGH, PA: The goal of this artist residency program is to 1) increase Latino artist presence in Pittsburgh 2) support Latino artists in making art inspired by Pittsburgh 3) encourage artistic relationships between Latino artists and non-Latino Pittsburgh artists.The residency will occur March to August of 2016. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled; artists will begin to be notified by February. Local artists as well as artists from all over the country and internationally are encouraged to apply! MORE HERE.

EXTENDED! Bellingham Review deadline for Hybrid submissions now January 1st! | Go HERE for more.

JAN 25: 92Y Discovery/Boston Review Contest winners receive a reading at the 92Y, publication in Boston Review, and $500 each.  ENTER.

Frost Place

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win a fellowship to The Frost Place Poetry Seminar, publication, $250, and a week to live and write in Robert Frost’s house

submissions accepted October 1, 2015 – January 5, 2016